What are the best water activities in Orlando?

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D.J. Jones

When the summer heat moves into Central Florida, staying cool is just as important as making the 3 o'clock parade. Thankfully, there are plenty of great water activities in Orlando to help visitors beat the heat.

The beautiful Reunion Resort near Walt Disney World is home to the appropriately named "Water Park" and offers guests one of the best water activities in Orlando. Complete with a water slide, zero entry pool, and lazy river, the Water Park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon soaking up the Florida sun. The giant water playground for kids will keep the little ones occupied for hours, giving mom and dad plenty of time to enjoy a frozen beverage from The Grill.

Over at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort you'll find Stormalong Bay, which has long been regarded as one of the best hotel pools in Orlando. This famous sand-bottom pool features a giant whirlpool and a thrilling water slide which starts in a pirate ship. After a long day by the pool, stop into Beaches & Cream for the equally enormous Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae.

Dana Damato

Since Orlando is famous for its amusement parks, what better way to enjoy a water activity than at one of Orlando’s famous waterparks? There are several to choose from — and if you come in the summertime you’re going to want a good activity that will cool you down from the Florida heat.

One of Orlando’s best waterparks is Disney's Blizzard Beach. Blizzard Beach has one of tallest and fastest waterslides in the country, along with kid-friendly slides so all ages can have a great time.

Wet ‘n Wild is another one of Orlando’s famous waterparks. Located on International Drive, Wet ‘n Wild has several attractions, from single-rider slides to multi-person rides to relaxing rides for lounging. They have lifeguards at each ride and an attendant to make sure each person is safe and getting the most out of their visit.

Kristen Manieri

If you’ve ever wanted to try paddleboarding, your next visit to Orlando might be the perfect time. There are several outfits in the area, each offering lessons and tours at different destinations and with all the necessary equipment provided. In Winter Park, Paddleboard Orlando takes guests on a 90-minute tour through the renowned Winter Park chain of lakes, including a journey through the exotic Venetian canal.

Maui B's Stand Up Paddleboarding offers lessons on downtown’s Lake Virginia as well as dolphin and manatee eco tours in New Smyrna Beach, about an hour away. Finally, Hau Hele Wai Paddleboarding takes adventurers on paddleboard trips along the Wekiva River as well as several tours throughout the day at Shingle Creek Regional Park, about 10 miles east of Walt Disney World.

Of course, if you’d rather just kick back, you can pick from six different water parks, including the newest addition at LEGOLAND Florida where you can float along a 1,000 foot lazy river or race down slides complete with a refreshing plunge finale.

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